The proposed state-wide chemists stir from October 16-18 was called off on Monday. State Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Minister Satej Patil told Newsline that a meeting was held with representatives of the chemists associations at Kolhapur on Monday and at least 10-12 demands have been agreed to.
Nearly 50,000 chemists had planned to down shutters including 6,000 affiliated to the Pune district chemists association.
We have given them in writing that their grievances will be addressed, Patil said. In the meeting Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association state president Jagannath Shinde and other representatives met Patil,FDA commissioner Mahesh Zagade and others. We discussed each of their demands and have agreed to look into it. A committee will be set up to inspect the stocked medicines and to upgrade the training of pharmacists. A drug advisory committee will also be set up, Patil said.
Chemists had alleged harassment by FDA officials while inspections. They also claimed that the quantum of punishment if a chemist was found guilty of irregularities varies at certain places. Patil admitted that there were cases where a chemist was suspended for 10 days and in other places the punishment was for a month. We will look into such irregularities and take necessary action, Patil said.